Oaktree’s Howard Marks is finding bargains. ‘I am starting to behave aggressively,’ he says

A little more judging by stock futures reaction this morning. Thank China for some of that as the country announced the biggest easing in COVID travel requirements since about March 2020. China’s news may add to the sense that inflation has peaked, given the supply constraints that the lockdown there has produced. That brings us … Read more

Three Arrows Capital (3AC) faces deadline to repay loans or default

Billions of dollars of value have been wiped off the cryptocurrency market in the last few weeks. Companies in the industry are feeling the pain. Lending and trading firms are facing the liquidity crisis and many have announced layoffs. Yu Chun Christopher Wong | S3studio | Getty Images Three Arrows Capital, a crypto-focused hedge fund, … Read more

Crypto crash: forced selling cools down; correlation with equities back in focus

Hello! Welcome back to Distributed Ledger, our weekly crypto newsletter that reaches your inbox every Thursday. I’ll walk you through what’s going on in the current bear market. As usual, find me on Twitter at @FrancesYue_ to send feedback, or tell us what you think we should cover. You can also reach me through email … Read more

Russia’s ruble is at strongest level in 7 years despite sanctions

Russian one ruble coin and Russian flag displayed on a screen are seen in this multiple exposure illustration photo taken in Krakow, Poland on March 8, 2022. Jakub Porzycki | Nurphoto | Getty Images Russia’s ruble hit 52.3 to the dollar on Wednesday, an increase of roughly 1.3% on the previous day and its strongest … Read more

Opinion: What Ben Bernanke and other bitcoin skeptics get wrong about crypto — even after this latest crash

Ben Bernanke, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, has been a vocal skeptic on bitcoin BTCUSD, -1.34%. It’s stated that the cryptocurrency has no underlying value and cannot act as a store of value, which renders it not credible as a currency. “If bitcoin were a substitute for fiat money, you could use bitcoin to … Read more

Sterling has further to fall, strategists say

LONDON — Sterling has fallen by more than 9% against the US dollar so far this year and despite a recent reprieve, currency strategists see further pain ahead for the pound. The Bank of England last week delivered another 25 basis point hike to interest rates, a more cautious move than peers such as the … Read more

Bitcoin crash: These three metrics show how bad the carnage is, and what to expect next

Hello! Welcome back to Distributed Ledger, our weekly crypto newsletter that reaches your inbox every Thursday. I’ll walk you through what’s going on in the current bear market. As usual, find me on Twitter at @FrancesYue_ to send feedback, or tell us what you think we should cover. You can also reach me through email … Read more

Crypto crash: What contagious risks could Celsius, Three Arrows pose? Here’s what to watch

The latest crisis started Sunday with Celsius, one of the biggest crypto lending platforms, pausing all withdrawals, swaps and transfers between accounts. The company reportedly has hired restructuring attorneys to advise on possible solutions for its mounting financial problems, according to a Tuesday report by the Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile, rumors swirled over potential stress … Read more

In `fragile’ financial markets ahead of Fed’s decision, some traders and strategists see risk of instant recession

Financial markets are on precarious footing since last Friday’s surprise reading on accelerating US inflation for May — with Treasurys, stocks, credit and currencies all exhibiting friction or tension ahead of the Federal Reserve’s interest-rate decision on Wednesday. According to strategist Ben Emons and trader Tom di Galoma, the process of transmitting monetary policy through … Read more

Strategist who nailed the recent S&P 500 top says three things are needed for a market bottom

Wariness is in order after the S&P 500’s bear-market finish and a potential 75 basis-point Fed hike just one day away. Gains for stock futures and a potential bounce are fading fast. Morgan Stanley’s Mike Wilson, who can count some wins after pounding the table this year over a gloomy stock setup, told clients on … Read more